NEWBURGH, N.Y. -- The Newburgh Fire Department will be seeing some new faces in the future. This is all thanks to Senators Charles Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Sean Patrick Maloney, who announced the department will receive a $2.4 million investment.
The investment is through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program called 'Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response' or SAFER. With the investment, the department can now hire 15 new firefighters.
Maloney is thrilled with the announcement and says these funds will greatly improve the department.
"This is a grant that Newburgh had been denied originally. My office got to work and we got it done and it's really important. This is what I'm doing here in Washington, is trying to figure out how to get more of our tax dollars working for us in the Hudson Valley. This will really help out first responders in Newburgh," Maloney said.
The goal of SAFER is to provide 24 hour staffing to fire departments, allowing the communities to be fully protected at all times.